Church Re-Entry Guidelines

Last Easter Sunday in 2020, in reaction to the growing Covid-19 pandemic, we held our first virtual service. A small group made up of our pastors and essential personnel gathered in the Main Sanctuary, and many of you gathered around screens of varying sizes to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus.
Throughout COVID-19, our Pastoral, Staff, and Lay Leadership has taken counsel and studied carefully from a number of resources, including recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and other church resources. We are grateful for access to so many streams of information and expertise. We’ve also found that there is a very wide difference in how locations, businesses, organizations, and churches (as well as individuals) have prepared and responded to public gatherings and new routines.
When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis readjusted how businesses and houses of worship were able to gather with revised guidelines and protocols, we felt that we could adapt our protocols and procedures in ways that continue to be safe, wise and worshipful. Our goal continues to be holding public worship that follows thoughtful and appropriate precautions.
Our church is open for worship!

Beginning May 16th, 2021– First United Methodist Church has adopted a revised Covid-19 Protocol and Standards in regards to public worship and gathering.

Mask UpdateWe are following the CDC recommendation this week that states masks are no longer needed inside provided you are FULLY vaccinated with both shots.

We will still have the Mask Required Section on Sunday morning (near the Nursery).

If you are NOT FULLY vaccinated, masks are strongly recommended when entering and leaving the facility. Once seated, masks are optional.

-On Sunday mornings, the doors to the sanctuary will be open for seating 20 minutes prior to each service.

-There will be Nursery and Kid’s Ministry activities during the 9 AM service. Please note that First Church Kids will continue to use their own established protocols until further notice.

-11 AM will have Nursery only.

-Ushers will offer any additional explanations if needed

-We will continue to livestream both our 9 AM and 11 AM worship services.

-Hand sanitizer stations will still be available


It’s up to the church to take measures, but it’s up to each of you to treat your life as a treasure!